Wales is going to become the first country in the United Kingdom to make the teaching of black, Asian, and minority ethnic histories a requirement in schools.
The Senedd will vote on the requirement next month, but it was revealed today to coincide with the opening of Black History Month.
The topic will be required to be taught as part of the new Welsh Curriculum, which will be implemented in September 2022.
The curriculum is divided into six sections, each of which contains a number of “big ideas.”
One of the said ideas will be “human societies are complex and diverse, and shaped by human actions and beliefs,” by introducing the “‘big ideals” they hope students will “develop an understanding of the complex, pluralistic and diverse nature of societies, past and present.”
“These stories are diverse, spanning different communities as well as in particular the stories of black, Asian and minority ethnic people,” according to the curriculum.
Last year, over 35,000 people signed a Senedd petition urging the Welsh government to make black history compulsory.
“It is vitally important that our education system equips our young people to understand and respect their own and each other’s histories, cultures and traditions,” said Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language for the Welsh Government.
“Today’s announcement will help enrich the new curriculum, and therefore teaching in Wales, for years to come.”
“If we are to progress as a society, we must create an education system which broadens our understanding and knowledge of the many cultures which have built Wales’s, and the world’s, past and present.”
Following the Black Lives Matters demonstrations, there have been fresh requests for more black history and concerns like British imperialism to be taught in schools across the UK.
The national curriculum in England states that students should learn about “social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society.” It suggests that schools teach “an aspect of social history, such as the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles.”